It was a back and forth afternoon of baseball as the Davidson Academy Bears dropped the first game of the double header 6-4 against the Harding Academy Lions.
The Lions showcased their defense with a double play to end the first inning. However the Bears answered back with a double play in the top of the second.
The Lions struck first on a single from C Swanberg that scored 2 runs. DA answered back in the bottom of the 3rd. After two lead off walks, James Flynn bunted and reached on an error. The bases were loaded with no outs for Ethan Tressler. Tressler hit a sharp ball to second resulting in a double play, but scored Blake Osborne for the Bears first run.
DA would take the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th with a sacrifice fly by Marcus Watson and a single by Rex Warren.
However, Harding Academy answered with three runs in the fifth, two coming off a home run by C Harford.
The Bears would score one more run in the bottom of the 7th but could not avoid the loss.
Nathan Ruble earned the win for Harding Academy. He threw six innings, allowing three runs, four hits, and striking out six. Casey Harford recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Harding Academy. Ethan Tressler took the loss for Davidson Academy. He tossed five and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs, nine hits, and striking out five.
Game two was another story as the DA Bears bats came alive as they beat the Lions 7-1.
DA starting pitcher Brock Myers turned in a stellar performance. He tossed seven innings, giving up one run, three hits, striking out seven, and walking zero.
Myers contributed at the plate as well starting the game off with a double. He had two hits from four at bats but it wasn’t until the top of the fourth that the scoring began.
It all started with a home run from Hunter Lautzenheiser. Then the flood of offense continued with hits from Cummings, Warren, and Smithson. Harding Academy made a pitching change bringing in Olds to replace the starting pitcher Noah Sharp. However this did not stop the Bears from scoring two more runs off two errors by the Lions.
Harding Academy spoiled the shutout with an RBI double by Wooten in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 7-1 Bears.
The DA defense held strong not committing a single error in the field. Coach Winn had this to say after the game: “We missed some chances to score in the first game and did a better job of hitting the ball hard in RBI situations in game two. We’ve been very consistent on the mound this year and when we can get ahead in the count and work all three pitches we’ve been very successful. Harding did a good job in game one of getting deep in counts and laying off some tough pitches. Tomorrow we’ve just got to continue our approach from game two and be more aggressive early.”
With the chance to advance on the line, the Bears face off against the Lions for the final game of the series Thursday night at 7 at Davidson Academy.